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Sometimes my morning during the work week is a disorganized flurry. On these all-too-familiar days, I throw on my shoes and rush out the door to find that I’ve forgotten some crucial something: my keys, credit card, or metro card. It takes me an hour to get over the funk my mind gets into when I’m stressed because I forgot something or didn’t do enough of what I thought I needed to do at the start of the day.

I’m learning that it’s OK to slow my mornings down and not do a million things before I leave my apartment (make an elaborate breakfast, read a few chapters of my book, clean my room, pay bills, do some chores around the apartment, or all those seemingly tiny things that fill up an hour in no time). Over the past two weeks, my prized Chemex – found on a seasonal clearance rack at Dean & Deluca after New Years – has helped me slow the morning down.

I love how I feel like I’m crafting something beautiful at the start of my day, even if it’s just a cozy cup of coffee. I love the precision this art demands: measuring the weight of the grounds, the temperature and volume of water, and pouring a slow and constant stream that allows the grounds to bloom. It’s satisfying and it’s antagonistic to the traditional NY morning rush to get from point A to point B as quickly and as efficiently as possible.

What do you do to slow your day down?